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Hazardous waste sites and hazardous substance emergencies.
Streng DR; Martin WF; Wallace LP; Kleiner G; Gift J; Weitzman D
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 83-100, 1982 Dec; :1-27
A NIOSH worker bulletin was presented to disseminate occupational safety and health information to hazardous waste workers and to present ways to manage potential hazardous substance emergencies. Topics discussed included possible hazards (toxic, explosive, corrosive hazards) encountered by hazardous waste workers; routes of worker exposure to waste hazards (inhalation, skin, ingestion); ways in which workers could be exposed to waste hazards (lack of proper equipment and safety measures); worker protection against waste hazard exposure; safe work practices; personal protective equipment and clothing (splash suits, fully encapsulating suits, chemical and fire resistant clothing, respirators); mechanical equipment safety; heat stress; contamination/decontamination; and emergency procedures. The importance of medical surveillance and health and safety programs was emphasized. Components of a sample worker health and safety program included identification of the materials to be handled; constant surveillance of the work environment; availability and maintenance of protective gear; and control plans for fire and spill emergencies, decontamination, communications, security, and logistics.
NIOSH-Author; Industrial-wastes; Safety-measures; Occupational-hazards; Personal-protective-equipment; Health-hazards; Hazardous-materials; Personal-protection; Work-practices; Waste-disposal
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 83-100
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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